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BY WILLIAM F. WEST
Staff Writer

Thursday, November 7, 2019

A woman recently phoned the Telegram to say she was shot in a convenience store southwest of downtown — and that she believes the bullet was intended for a man in front of her.

The newspaper is withholding the woman’s name to protect her from further harm, but she said the incident occurred the afternoon of Oct. 27 in the 1100 block of West Raleigh Boulevard.

The woman said that she lost nearly a liter — nearly 34 ounces — of blood as a result and added that at the scene, “I was drowning in my own vomit.”

She said she was taken to Nash UNC Health Care, treated and sent home with pain medication and antibiotics.

She said she first drove to a drive-through store at West Raleigh and Edwards Street to purchase cigarettes, but that the location had raised prices.

The woman said she decided to leave and go to a store just across Edwards.

She said she saw a parked white sport utility vehicle and that she parked her vehicle.

She said as she was maneuvering into a parking space, a man on a bicycle pedaled up.

She said she waited for him to get the bike out of the way and saw him put the bike on the curb in front of an ice machine.

The woman said after she parked and began exiting her vehicle, the man got off his bike and the man in the SUV got out and was slightly behind her.

She said the man who had been on the bike looked over her shoulder and gave “a mean look” to the man who had been in the SUV.

She said the man who had been on the bike walked into the store and that she walked in behind him.

“As I got in the store doorway, I got shot,” she said. “The bullet hit my arm — a bone in my arm — exited and went into the chips.”

She said the bullet struck her left arm and that the bullet was recovered.

The woman said she looked around to see why the man behind her would do such a thing before looking down and seeing blood spewing.

“I didn’t initially realize I had been hit with a bullet,” she said.

She said people came in “acting stupid” and asking whether she had been shot.

She said she screamed out four times for someone to call 911 and to give her something to tie her left arm with to stop the bleeding.

“I continued to bleed,” she said. “I got weak. I went down to the floor.”

The woman said, “I started fading away. I was laying in vomit.”

She said after she realized she was shot, her concern was to stop the bleeding and get to the hospital.

She said police and an ambulance team arrived.

Police Cpl. Clay Wilder told the Telegram he could not provide more information about the case except to confirm officers responded to the scene about 3:30 p.m., to say a probe is continuing and that no one has been arrested.

Anyone with additional information about the shooting or any crimes in the area is asked to contact police at 252-972-1411 or Crime Stoppers at 252-977-1111 or crimestoppers@rockymountnc.gov.

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